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th birthday of our dear sister rosa parks. as our country continues to celebrate the beginning and as our country continues to celebrate the beginning of the second term of our great president, president barack obama. now, it's easy to take for granted the progress that we've made as a country because we are forever looking to solve today's problems and as we continue to meet tomorrow's challenges as we shape our future. but what it is, it's definitely worthwhile to take a look back at the great works of our predecessor and the brave men and women who have paved the way for progress that we enjoy here in the 21st century. and if you look around, many of those men and women are right here with us in the rotunda today. we remember the people who braved police dogs and fire hoses turned against them by their own government officials in the south, people who believed that an idea -- believed in an idea that we're all created equal and that we're willing to risk and that we're willing to risk their life in the purchase soul of a lofty promise in america. today we celebrate black his
if not for rosa parks. rosa parks made martin luther king possible. (applause) >> and i believe that those four students in greensboro also made the accomplishments that we he attribute to martin luther king as a symbol of the movement. martin luther king understood that many of the things that we attribute to him would not have been possible without the grassroots of the struggle. and that brings me back to the book that i've written about the last 50 years. when i was a teenager, a 19 year old, i went to the march on washington. and right before going, i met some of these young activists who are associated with the student nonviolent coordinating committee. i must say that that affected the way in which i viewed the march. like everyone else, i wanted to see what martin luther king's concluding speech would be. but i was also interested in the speech of john lewis who was the chair of the student nonviolent coordinating committee. just days before the march, i had met one of the snick activists at a conference. his name was stokely car michael. and from that time on, i understood that when we
one person who represents thousands across the world. his name is malan rosa. i told jonathan this story and i decided to include it here. he's someone who reached out to us because he couldn't get anyone else. central europe last year, budapest, the czech republic had gone from a leading country in central europe, leading the region in laws and in the constitution of equality 16 years ago to a complete reversal today. it's got one of the worst records today of the deprivation of rights of women, roma people, jews, and lgbt people. sound familiar, that grouping? i was not prepared for what i was going to find in budapest. i was not prepared for the thousands ofneo nazis and state sanctioned militia that would meet a couple hundred marchers, thousands of them. * there was one young man, 21 years old, young hungarian, who would be the only person to go on tv with me, only hungarian, malan would take a blow horn and walk through the streets against families that hated us, and he walked and he shouted and he kept the morale up as we were walking against this sea of people who didn
backs and how they enjoyed it. commissioner murase. >> i am checking my calendar and i know that rosa parks, my daughter's school is celebrating rosa parks day on that day monday, so if there are dropouts, people that can't make it i will be there anyway. i would love to participate. >> and you have a special reader coming based on that anniversary. i will tell you later. >> just one more thank you to commissioner maufas for her leadership. it was a collaboration that she put together and event that happened nationally but fell off the radar in san francisco. it was happening in pockets. because of the great support last year it's got a lot of people -- people want to come back. it's crazy how fast the year kind of comes, so i really appreciate that, and somebody earlier mentioned marcos book store which we encourage people to get their books from that book store and considering donating to the school. a bunch of people are going out to el dorado, so it is a large effort that involves a lot of corporations and community members so we appreciate you all being involved and your s
and celebrate chinese new years on the second and the commissioners are invited to the celebration of rosa parks birtd day at rosa parks. chinese new years celebration is also that day at 1030 and wanted to congratulate the winners of the richmond district spelling bee that included elementary schools in the richmond district. thank you. >> i would like to wish everybody because the next meeting is february 12 i happy chinese new year. >> okay. yes commissioner mendoza. >> really quickly i want just to share with everyone the wonderful experience during the mlk celebration. they do an annual event at the theater which is always sold out and always amazing and filled with youth who express yourself in ways that you can't imagine unless you experience it so i encourage you all to support youth speaks and the great work they're doing. i want to congratulate ucsf mission bay campus for their 10 year anniversary which was exciting to have and then lastly i think we already acknowledged this but i wanted to thank mayor lee for the proposal he's putting forward to not pull the trigger for this and
that when he was 21. for all the bernices, for all the malan rosas. for all the beloved us's that my uncle would talk about, for you, as my uncle would say, and you, and you, and you, our time has come. we will not stop until we have equality across the globe. and that is what tonight means. thank you so much. [cheering and applauding] >> thank you, stuart. that was spectacular. it really captured your uncle there. thank you. we're going to close with the san francisco gay men's chorus performing, singing for our lives. i had a couple of announcements. i hope you will all join us on the candle light march up to the castro. we have candles over here if people didn't bring them, so, you can pick them up at the start of our march. i also want to thank the san francisco police department who is going to help facilitate our march by closing blocks as we move up. so, they are going to be helping. and the chief is here, greg, you're out there someplace. (applause) >> thanks, there he is. thanks very much, fred. we love having a progressive police chief in town. so, i want to thank all of my speak
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